Randy Williams founded Keiretsu Forum in September 2000 to provide a disciplined and structured approach to angel investing. Mr. Williams’s passion for investing and bringing together like-minded community leaders has created a powerful and giving environment for entrepreneurs. With over 1,100 angel investor members throughout 27 chapters on 3 continents Keiretsu Forum is the largest angel investment community in the World.
Mr. Williams is also the founder of the Keiretsu Forum Charitable Foundation. Since its inception in 2001, 114 deserving charities have been granted sizable donations. The goal of the Keiretsu Forum Charitable Foundation is to grant $250,000 annually, to worthy local charities throughout the Keiretsu Forum regional chapters.
Mr. Williams has 30 years of experience in finance, real estate, and marketing including in various alternative asset classes. Mr. Williams was co-founder and Director of Diablo Valley Bank. Mr. Williams was President of Pacific Union Commercial Brokerage, founder of the LaMorinda Bank, and Managing Director of Kennedy-Wilson International, an international real estate investment company.
Mr. Williams is a frequent guest speaker at investment conferences, leading universities, and business schools on alternative asset investment and entrepreneurialism. Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Berkeley and a Masters degree from St. Mary’s College of California.
Brian is Founder and Executive Producer of the SF MusicTech Summit and the Future of Money and Technology Summit. Brian is a Founder and Managing Director of the SF MusicTech Fund, and a Co-Founder of various startups.
Additionally, Brian is a Co-Founder and Technologies Director of the Future of Music Coalition and a Board Member and/or Strategic Advisor for a wide variety of tech companies and non-profits. Brian was previously a founder of The Green Witch Internet Radio which was sold to CMGI at the turn of the millennium. He is active in many influential computer-mediated forums, is quoted and published extensively in the media, frequently appears on panels and at industry events, and is an expert at helping founders and musicians, frenzy whipping, brand awareness, and in creating and evaluating new business models.
San Francisco Music Tech Summit
Yoela is a project manager, designer, and founder on a variety of technical and creative projects in fields including mobile, application development, and marketing technologies. Interested primarily in making people the best at what they can be, from design and programming to learning something new. Always looking for interesting problems to solve.
Currently working on my second startup company, hoping to innovate the way we shop and promote mobile applications. Always amused by new startups and open to collaboration.
Paul has been in the wine and spirits industry for over twenty years. He has worked for Napa Ale Works, Niebaum~Coppola, WineShopper/Wine.com and also was the North American Beverage Consultant for Sumitomo Corporation of America from 2002 through 2005. He founded Inertia in 2002 as one of the first major companies established to bridge the barrier between wineries and their customers. He was CEO from 2003 until 2008 creating the largest and most powerful e-commerce platform for the wine industry, the Rethink Engine.
Under his leadership, Inertia created incredible new products for the wine industry to help open up the ability to sell and market direct including the innovative Direct to Trade, ReThink Compliance, Brix Open Source CMS, Marketplace Enablement, and many more. For his last six months at Inertia, Paul was Chief Strategy Officer and EVP of Business Development in charge of creating key strategic direction, business development, and mergers and acquisitions. Inertia successfully evolved into Winedirect.com and is the foremost leader for enabling direct to consumer for the wine industry.
VinTank is a continuation of his desire to help revolutionize the wine industry by bridging the gap between wine and the digital world.
A four time American Wine Blog Awards finalist, he has also been a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, UC Davis and many other symposiums, seminars, blogs, and periodicals for his leadership in the wine industry.
Paul formerly sat on the Board of Directors for the wine business social network Openwineconsortium.org which was sold to FOHBOH, and the Board of Advisors for Snooth.com, Taste.com, and Cruvee.com (which was purchased by VinTank). He now is on the Board of Directors for the theappreciationengine.com.
He lives in Napa with his wife Angelica and their four children, Finn, Brooklyn, Dryden and India.